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Report: Avs' Budaj has swine flu

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According to a published report in the Denver Post, Colorado Avalanche backup goaltender Peter Budaj has been diagnosed with swine flu, or the H1N1 virus.

Budaj missed a scheduled start last Friday because of illness.

"We've taken the necessary steps, the necessary precautions, to keep him away from the guys at the right time," coach Joe Sacco told the paper. "Hopefully, he'll be joining us on this trip."

Craig Anderson will make his 12th consecutive start in the Colorado net against the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night. Tyler Weiman, recalled from Lake Erie last week, will back him up.

Budaj was set to start in goal last Friday against the Hurricanes. But he became ill Thursday afternoon with flu-like symptoms and was scratched.

From the first sign of Budaj's illness last week, the team was concerned it might be swine flu.

"We're always cautious," Sacco said Friday. "With Peter, once he came down with those flu-like symptoms, we did the right thing by keeping him away. ... We'll do whatever we can to make sure our guys stay healthy."
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